BMW has confirmed that it will launch the iX1 entry-level electric vehicle in New Zealand. Priced below the $80,000 threshold for a pure car rebate, the iX1 eDrive20 will expand BMW’s electric vehicle range to a wider market segment.
The iX1 eDrive20 is the second electric model in the X1 family and features a front-mounted electric motor capable of producing 150 kW (on temporary overboost) and 271 Nm of torque. It is equipped with a 64.7 kWh battery that can go up to 470 km according to the WLTP classification. Additionally, the vehicle supports DC charging speeds of up to 130 kW.
In terms of design, the iX1 eDrive20 shares similarities with other models in the iX1 lineup. It has BMW’s latest interior with a 10.25-inch information screen and a second 10.7-inch infotainment screen. These screens face the driver, under a curved glass surface.
Although specifications and final pricing are yet to be confirmed, BMW has indicated its willingness to offer a model under $80,000. The move aligns with BMW’s previous debut, the i3 hatchback, which was priced at $74,300 before it was dropped. The availability of the iX1 eDrive20 below the clean car range is expected to boost sales.
Overall, the introduction of the iX1 eDrive20 will contribute to BMW’s goal of increasing electric vehicle sales. Currently, one in five vehicles sold by the brand in New Zealand is electric. The iX1 eDrive20 will be available at local dealerships in early 2024.
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